noun Cell Biology.
a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.

1895–1900; astro- + -cyte

astrocytic [as-truh-sit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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astrocyte (ˈæstrəʊˌsaɪt)
any of the star-shaped cells in the tissue supporting the brain and spinal cord (neuroglia)

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astrocyte as·tro·cyte (ās'trə-sīt')
One of the large neuroglia cells of nervous tissue. Also called astroglia, Deiters' cell, macroglia.

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astrocyte   (ās'trə-sīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A star-shaped cell, especially one of the glial cells that support the tissue of the central nervous system.
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But one kind of glial cell, the star-shaped astrocyte, actually appears to take an active role.
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